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Who’s to Blame?

By Kayla Tricaso
Office Manager
Triune Therapy Group

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The victim, the perpetrator, or the peanut gallery? The following is an account of several stories and experiences and does not reflect one individual’s experience. Names have been changed for anonymity. Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault/Rape “You have to stay off Facebook.” That sentence had become a daily mantra for Sarah. As much as she wanted to receive updates on which of her high school friends were getting engaged or having children, lately, stepping into Facebook, or really any social media platform, is emotionally exhausting. I’m not talking about seeing your friends and family’s posts about politics, although that’s exhausting on a different level. I’m talking about the uncomfortable, and oftentimes hurtful discourse around sexual assault. When the avalanche of stories…

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Safe Dating in a Complex Culture

By Lauren Dummit, LMFT, CSAT,
Co-Founder & Clinical Director,
Triune Therapy Group

Your are worthy of love.

We live in a culture which seems to scorn basic needs for intimacy, closeness, and dependency while exalting independence, yet at the same, many people feel pressured to find a partner. People spend months, if not years obsessing over finding “the one.” There are countless dating sites, dating apps, meet ups, and speed dating events that people participate in in order to find a companion. According to John Bowlby, the psychologist who pioneered attachment theory in the 1950’s, “our need for someone to share our lives with is part of our genetic makeup and has nothing to do with how much we love ourselves or how fulfilled we feel on our own…attachment is an integral part of human behavior throughout…

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Being of Service

By Lauren Dummit, LMFT, CSAT,
Co-Founder & Clinical Director,
Triune Therapy Group

Being of service.

Like many others my story of recovery started with a spiritual, emotional, and physical bottom, a moment of incomprehensible demoralization. I couldn’t look at anyone in the eye; I couldn’t stand to look at myself in the mirror. I was in so much shame and hopelessness that I stood outside the doors, stalking this 12-step meeting because I was too afraid to go in. To quote my first sponsor, “I may not have been thinking much of myself, but I was all I thought about.” All day and night I ruminated on my resentments, my regrets, my lost relationships, all the pain I had caused others, how many people were disappointed in me or thought I was crazy, my broken…

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The Gift of Sanity – 5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During the Holidays

By Kayla Tricaso
Administrative & Intake Coordinator
Triune Therapy Group

The gift of sanity.

“You chose your family over me. Don’t be surprised if you come back to LA and I’ve killed myself.”The text from my boyfriend was the first notification I received when I turned my phone off airplane mode upon landing in my hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Coming home for Christmas never felt as joyous as it should have been. Everything around me-people clad in red and green Christmas gear, decorated Christmas trees in every visible direction, and the nonstop loop of classic cheery Christmas songs-indicated that this time of year is a celebration. I want to feel that innate happiness, but in my reality, Christmas feels like a party I wasn’t invited to but somehow ended up at anyway. As…

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Gratitude

By Lauren Dummit, LMFT, CSAT,
Co-Founder & Clinical Director,
Triune Therapy Group

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In today’s consumerist society it is easy to get caught up in a perpetual cycle of the desire for more, comparing ourselves and our lives to others’, and focusing on what others have that we lack, whether it’s time, convenience, wealth, or enlightenment. We do have a choice and can choose to perceive the glass as either half empty or half full. This choice can profoundly affect the way we feel and experience our lives. There is always something to be grateful for, even when life is at its most challenging. In fact, it is when we are struggling that the practice of cultivating gratitude can be the most transformative. Research shows that simply keeping a gratitude journal can significantly…

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Reconnecting With The Body After Trauma

By Lauren Dummit, LMFT, CSAT,
Co-Founder & Clinical Director,
Triune Therapy Group

Reconnecting with the body after trauma. Trauma-sensitive yoga Los Angeles, CA.

It seems as if every week there are stories and headlines breaking the news of abuses of power at the hands of rich, famous, and powerful men. From R. Kelly to Bill Cosby, and more recently Harvey Weinstein, there is clearly a monumental amount of sexual predation taking place in the world. When allegations regarding this type of abuse come to light in Hollywood it’s followed by an avalanche of media coverage and public outcry as to how and why this abuse is able to happen. Although news around sexual assault in Hollywood garners more media attention, sexual assault is a violent epidemic that affects every type of women and men. Sexual assault and rape are traumatic experiences that affect…

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The Tinder Game

By Kate Balestrieri, Psy.D., CSAT-S
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Triune Therapy Group

The Tinder game.

He was handsome and he knew it. “I landed my first modeling gig,” he exclaimed via text message, with a smug giddiness. Then he sent a shirtless picture. Having just relocated to Los Angeles, Marc was the kind of good looking that commanded a room when he walked in. Kara was no stranger to such attention, as she too was very attractive, but Marc had the kind of enthusiasm for his own appearance paralleled only by Narcissus himself. This would be their second date and his modeling gig interrupted their plans for dinner. He begged her to meet him at a historic hotel in Hollywood, known for hot parties and daily celebrity sightings. This was where his photo shoot would…

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What is a healthy relationship, anyway?

Triune Therapy Group

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“What is a healthy relationship, anyway?” Karen asked the question in earnest as she plopped down onto the couch in my office. Having sought treatment due to her inability to achieve an orgasm with a partner, many of our sessions focused on unraveling the intricacies of her relationships with men. One relationship in particular dominated the forefront of discourse as it was in a never-ending start and stop cycle, and its intensity upended Karen’s world. She didn’t know why she kept in contact with Dan. He wasn’t her “forever person,” but some invisible force was binding her to him and she could not walk away. Their connection was “stale,” and their only shared interest was “making a ton of money.”…

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Real Life Revenge Porn

By Kate Balestrieri, Psy.D., CSAT-S
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Triune Therapy Group

Real life revenge porn.

*Trigger Warning: Explicit Language & Sexual Content. This is a true survivor account, though it has been edited for clarity and all names and identifying information have been disguised. “Are you sitting down?” he asked. I was, and felt my heart leap into my throat. What is this about? Nothing good ever follows that question. I’ve never seen him so stern. “I’ve been having an affair. Her name is Molly.” Liar. Fucking Liar. It can’t be true. We have two kids! A dog! A good sex life! We met in Spain in our 20s, where I am from and where he was vacationing. Following his proposal, I moved to the U.S. to start a family. His face was cold, unwavering.…

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This Is Your Brain on Trauma

By Jennifer Sweeten, Psy.D.
Triune Therapy Group

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Approximately 50 percent of the population will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives. While reactions to trauma can vary widely, and not everyone will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma can change the brain in some predictable ways that everyone should be aware of. Click the image to continue reading.